Buying from the UK

Discussion in 'TW Questions/Comments' started by Ole, Jul 17, 2004.

  1. Ole

    Ole Guest


    I stumbled upon this website the other week, and since then i have been reading your informative reviews and customer opinions nearly everyday! From these reviews i see that quite a few people from the UK do use the site. My question is aimed at these users, i was wondering if any of you have been charged extra taxes at customs? The prices on this site are great, and i like the idea of choosing my own string, and tension instead of having to get the factory strings chopped out as soon as the racquet arrives.

    Anyone had any experience with buying from the UK?
  2. Feña14

    Feña14 Legend

    Feb 18, 2004

    Yeah I had to pay £80 in all for shipping, TAX and VAT. I only brought one racket aswell and that cost me more than the racket itself!! If they do get some POG longbodies in then I won't hesitate to buy 5 and I wouldn't care about the extra money. Please TW!?!?!?

    It would be great if TW could put "gift" on the box so that we don't have to pay any extra. But I understand that you can't do that.

    Hope this helps!!!

  3. Ole

    Ole Guest

    Ah right damn, any other UK buyers? I'm hoping a few of you didn't have to pay!
  4. Tim Tiger Henman

    Tim Tiger Henman Rookie

    Feb 21, 2004
    sorry to disapoint you but Liam is right. The reality of buying from the US is:
    1. Buy small. Less than £18 = $35 or so and no tax to pay
    2. Above this and you could pay 100% tax. I kid you not. Remember that not only do they charge tax on the value of the item, but also on the value of the shipping!!!
    3. Order a large amount. OK you still pay a lot, but as a percentage it goes down.

    Fed Ex are particularly efficient at collecting taxes.

    So either buy small, or buy big.
  5. BSousa

    BSousa Rookie

    Jul 5, 2004
    well, I haven't ordered from TW in the UK, though when I lived there, I never had much trouble with taxes if I used normal mail (no delivery companies). For various 250+ pounds dvds orders (yes, I'm a maniac) i ended up paying something like 20 pounds.

    In Portugal (check the topic FedEx argh.... below) I pay little taxes as well for normal mail orders, but as soon as you get to DHL, FedEx and the likes, they charge alot of money just so it passes in customs. I'm paying 30 euros on taxes for a 110 euros package and 60 euros to fedEx for handling the customs paperwork.

    I would def. stay well away from it.

    Hope it helps
  6. Ole

    Ole Guest

    Damn, sounds like a pretty bad idea to order from here then! The prices are so tempting on some items though. The strings are so much cheaper as well, it's almost $=£ on most strings, with the current exchange rate that's a real bargain!

    Does anyone know of a good UK based tennis supplier? PWP is the obvious choice, but i was wondering if there was anyone in the UK who offer the stringing services offered here, to save having the racket strung as soon as it arrives.
  7. joe gomes

    joe gomes New User

    Feb 18, 2004
    Ole, I just bought a racquet from the U.K. with good results. Email me at
  8. louisc

    louisc Rookie

    Jun 9, 2004
    i've bought a few things from the UK, and not been overly dismayed with the cost, particularly when what i buy is not available in the UK, and taking the £ to $ conversion into account. i've found that adding VAT, shipping and import tax to the items makes them less than the dollar to pound swap. So, for example, if you buy a racquet worth, say, $150, the total cost will be about £120. the racquet in all likelihood be priced at £120-ish here. the key is the weak dollar, of course. and if you get togehter with some mates, suddenly 30 packs of tournagrip XL, certain strings, thorlo socks ($6.99 versus £10) etc. are available to you pretty reasonably.

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